The day started with a stop in Porto Venere, a gateway to the 5 picturesque villages of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (listed in 1997) as well as a national park and protected marine area.
Doug went on the steep walk through the Town Gate and Tower (on the far left). I stayed in the historic city centre and had a coffee.
The War Memorial was opposite the entrance to the Town Gate and Tower.
It was another beautiful day as we left the harbour at Porto Venere.
After leaving Porto Venere, the tour boat passed by Castello Doria.
The first village we viewed was Riomaggiore. (Somehow I missed taking a photo of Manarola.)
We also passed by Corniglia.
Our tour boat stopped at Vernazza; we had a fun, leisurely lunch with friends from Australia.
Our tour of 2 of the 5 Cinque Terre villages ended at Monterosso, pleasant but not as interesting as Porto Venere or Vernazza.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)